Zero Emission School Bus Study

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The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) must prepare a report that analyzes:

  • The number of internal combustion engine (ICE) school buses and zero emission school buses in the Commonwealth;
  • The annual cost of operating zero emission school buses;
  • The purchase price of ICE school buses and zero emission school buses;
  • The estimated cost to replace ICE school buses with zero emission school buses;
  • The estimated environmental benefits of replacing ICE school buses with zero emission school buses; and,
  • The number of school districts that own, rent, lease, or contract for school bus services.

The report must also include recommendations for the creation of an incentive program to support the replacement of ICE school buses with zero emission school buses. DESE must publish the report by June 15, 2023.

(Reference House Bill 5060, 2022)